On 11-05-2018 at about 9:42 a.m., the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the Alpine Village Care Center in Verdigre, NE about a resident at the care center receiving a threat. The Alpine Village stated that as a precaution the facility was placed on lock down. The Knox County Dispatch notified Verdigre Police, Verdigre Fire and Rescue as well as the Verdigre Public Schools.
Upon the Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigating the threat, it was discovered that a resident had received numerous phone calls from the same number over the weekend. The suspect again called three times on Monday (11-05-2018) morning. The first time the Alpine Village resident answered. The resident then asked an employee to block the number as she did not want anymore calls from the suspect. The second time the suspect called an employee answered and asked that the number be placed on a do not call list. The suspect hung up and then immediately called back. The employee answered the third call and was asked by the suspect if she watches the news, at which she replied yes. The suspect then stated that he was going to bomb the residence. A Knox County Deputy called the suspects number at which the suspect admitted to making the threatening statements. The suspect also asked the deputy not to call his number anymore or he would send the deputy a bomb as well. The suspect is not from the area and it is believed to be a scammer trying to get information to scam the victim out of money. A report will be sent to the FBI for further investigation.